Read his obituary in the NY Times here. Description Both highly praised and intensely controversial, this brilliant book produces dramatic evidence that at one time the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches not only sanctioned unions between partners of the same sex, but sanctified them--in ceremonies strikingly similar to heterosexual marriage ceremonies.
And they are intense. This does not mean that the interested reader should not scale this mountain. I admit that this was a very slow read for me, and clearly was intended for specialists and academics and not for us amateurs.
Jan 30, Brian Childs rated it really liked it Shelves: historysexuality. While the author is mostly interested in same-sex marriages the entire first half of the book is necessarily dedicated to an exploration of the origins of marriage in general. Traditiothe publication of the Jesuit Fordham University in New York, produced a special issues dedicated to responding to Boswell's claims.
Boswell goes t John Boswell's meticulously researched book may find its audience limited because of its title. He noted that Boswell's main argument relies on his controversial translation of Greek terms which have already been criticised in the scholarly community.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. I haven't had this kind of eye-opening experience since college: The kind where you walk away realizing how small-minded you've been, because there's a much larger gap between your so This book did an enormous amount of work opening my eyes to how truly differently people in the past viewed romantic relationships, including marriage.
It also had to deal with previous interpretations of the subject and explain how they came to the wrong conclusion in certain circumstances. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Rather, the book is a careful and reserved study of the known literature, demarcating between what is known, what is probable, and what is unlikely.
In these books, he makes the cumulative argument that, counter to many modern ideas about the reception of homosexuality in the Catholic Church, that as late as the twelfth century, clergy showed no particular concern or disdain toward the subject, and even openly celebrated same-sex unions.
It turns out that, in fact, there was enough to fill a very large book with things you'll never learn about in school. Boswell was flogged by other historians for his interpretation of what he found, and not all of them were dogmatists for the church. Super academic, but accessible and interesting as well.
He's unearthed actual Christian liturgy for same-sex unions, prayers and blessings that couldn't be clearer about giving sanction to the spiritual bond between two people of the same sex the same way the Church does for opposite sex couples.
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